On a hot summer afternoon, an ice cold watermelon rum cocktail with lime is such a treat. Fresh watermelon creates a naturally sweet, hydrating base for rum. Freshly squeezed lime juice adds a lovely, light tartness. This tasty watermelon drink is so easy to make. Enjoy it as a cocktail, or alcohol-free.
This watermelon cocktail concept was born several years ago on the Mediterranean shores of Jaffa in Israel. Our friend Gila served us this blended watermelon drink alongside a homemade vegetarian lunch, including her amazing stuffed peppers with goat cheese. Her blended seedless watermelon beverage was so refreshing on a hot day. Instead of juicing the watermelon, she threw whole chunks of melon into the blender and whirled them up into a chilled beverage. It was so cool, naturally sweet, and delicious– perfect for a hot summer day.
Gila’s watermelon drink was non-alcoholic, and that mocktail version continues to be a favorite in our home. Given that we love the virgin version of this drink, it seemed only natural to add rum and lime. The resulting watermelon rum cocktail was absolutely exquisite, and until now it stays on our summer drink rotation.
Can I Make This Watermelon Cocktail Sugar Free?
Fresh lime juice and watermelon go really well together, and provide a lovely sweet-tart base for this watermelon rum cocktail. In addition to the rum, you may wish to add a touch of simple syrup or agave nectar. Depending on the natural sweetness of your watermelon, you may or may not need to add any sweetener. I only add it when the drink needs it. Garnish with an aromatic sprig of fresh mint for an herbal touch. A lime twist would also make a lovely garnish.
You can make this drink with or without alcohol. Either way it’s an enticing, tasty beverage. This watermelon rum cocktail is just perfect for summer!
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Watermelon Rum Cocktail
- 3 cups cubed seedless watermelon, well chilled
- 1 1/2 fresh limes, juiced
- 1/4 cup rum (optional)
- Simple syrup or agave nectar, or your favorite sweetener (optional - use to taste, as needed)
- Fresh mint sprigs for garnish
- Put watermelon chunks and lime juice into a blender. If adding rum, add it now. Process on high until smooth. Add sweetener to taste, if needed, and blend again.Pour drink into two glasses over ice. Alternatively, you can blend ice with the drink to make it a more slushy texture. Garnish drinks with fresh mint. Serve.